If you are a superhero (whether main hero, Sidekick
, or even just part of a heroic army), odds are you wear a cape.
Okay, not really that likely anymore, especially since the Silver Age
, but capes are a typical thing for superheroes.
The reason for the cape goes back to the first Comic Book Super Heroes
. Most prominently, Superman's outfit specifically mimics that of early turn of the century circus strongmen who often wore a similar cape/singlet design as a costume. Their simple bold colors were also conveniently easy to reproduce in early print comics.
Not to be confused with The Cape
, which is a character type.
Compare Heroes Want Redheads
, Heroes Prefer Swords
, Badass Cape
(a cape used to signify a Badass
character), Badass Longcoat
, Caped Mecha
, Requisite Royal Regalia
- Robin, although when the original became Nightwing, he dropped the cape.
- Defied in The Incredibles, when Edna Mode specifically states the hazards of them, which turns out to be a Chekhov's Gun.
- Ozymandias and the Nite Owl in Watchmen, although the latter had a rather odd feathery one.